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By Kathryn Maier | Photo: Courtesy of Fly the Whale | August 1, 2014
Our favorite stylish ways to get to—and around—the East End this summer.
In conjunction with Liberty Helicopters, this app lets you grab a single seat on a helicopter to the Hamptons (they have landing pads in Southampton, East Hampton and Montauk) with just a few taps on your smartphone, or instigate a charter flight of your own that others can join via the app. Bonus: If your flight’s grounded due to weather, you’ll still reach your destination—via Maserati sedan, with driver.
2. Fly the Whale
This standby’s shared charter service gets you from 23rd Street to East Hampton in about 35 minutes (and to other East End destinations via private charter) on an eight-seater Cessna Caravan floatplane formerly owned by Jimmy Buffett. Frequent fliers get significant discounts on packs of 10 to 20 flights.
Charter a helicopter to the East End with this service. Up to six passengers can fly to Westhampton, Southampton or East Hampton, enjoying the onboard Bose sound system during the 35- to 45-minute flight.
4. Hampton Jitney and Hampton Ambassador
The Jitney, the trusty chariot of many East End weekenders that provides daily service between NYC and nearly every hamlet, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Its upscale sibling, the Ambassador, offers reserved seating, a bit more legroom and onboard movies and Wi-Fi to add a touch of comfort to the bus journey back and forth.
5. Hampton Hopper
New this summer, this service makes car-free transportation around the East End a snap. The company’s sea-green buses make stops in designated places like village centers and hot spots like Cyril’s and the Surf Lodge on weekend afternoons and evenings, and the app lets you see not only where the stops are located, but also allows you to track the Hopper’s current location and see when the next one will arrive.